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Slates Import, Original recording remastered

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2004 reissue of classic 1981 release includes seven bonus tracks, 'Middle Mass' (John Peel Session), 'Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul' (John Peel Session), 'Hip Priest' (John Peel Session), 'C N C Hassle Schmuck' (John Peel Session), 'Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul', 'Fantastic Life' )B-side), & 'Medical Acceptance Gate'. (Outtake).
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Castle Music UK
  • ASIN: B0002QPSZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Geoffrey R. Balme on August 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I love the Fall, some of their later records have gone by the wayside for me (they are outrageously prolific - and like Captain Beefheart - largely a vocalist songwriter surrounded by a variety of musicians).

I got my hands on slates at about the same time I wasn't graduating High School. My friends and I studied it meticulously, like all Fall albums (there's sometimes more just on the liner notes than many other bands have in their entire records!) This orginally was a 10" vinyl Lp and looked GREAT. The six songs had 4 downright poppy and unforgettable hooks in them - and the lengthy ponderous "slates" was - while droning on and on like a Delta blues piece, full of interesting verbosity from Smith.

This release is a gem - as it's saddled with some great extras - to fill out the CD length and allow for longer playing. The original release was just the first six tracks - ending with the fabuous "leave the capital".

"Fit and Working Again" was damned near anthemic for me at 18 - and even now evokes a kind of material excitement and madness of growing up.

"Older Lover" is brilliant and promising as well.

They were never really to sound like this again - and like many great things - a kind of recorded snapshot of musical and social history.

I hear these days that Smith is mostly an onstage drunk surrounded by musicians half his age who wouldn't even know Slates... but, that's another story that includes a fist fight from the boney old man with his former band mates... Ah! Rockstars!
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Probably spelled pertinent wrong however slates works for its first taste of what was years away. Mark e and shortlived set Smither and surprise.
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this is a good addition for the die hard fall fans that have to have everything. if you love the fall you will want this cd.
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